Face unlock technology isn’t anything new as several companies use it currently and some have used it in the past. The new rumor surrounding the 10th anniversary iPhone is that it will use face unlock tech instead of TouchID. While the concept of face unlock isn’t new, we do not know the tech behind Apple’s implementation or if it’s similar to Microsoft’s or Google’s. All we presumably know is that Apple is working on the tech which will integrate with Apple Pay and secure apps as well.
For its redesigned iPhone, set to go on sale later this year, Apple is testing an improved security system that allows users to log in, authenticate payments, and launch secure apps by scanning their face, according to people familiar with the product. This is powered by a new 3-D sensor, added the people, who asked not to be identified discussing technology that’s still in development. The company is also testing eye scanning to augment the system, one of the people said.
In testing, the face unlock feature takes in more data points than a fingerprint scan, making it more secure than the Touch ID system, the person said.
One of the other rumors surrounding the 10th anniversary iPhone is TouchID embedded in the display. There have been reports that Apple has had difficulties getting that tech to behave properly. Samsung also had issues with the technology but Qualcomm just recently announced their version at Mobile World Congress Shanghai. It is possible that Apple is taking TouchID off the table in favor of face unlock because they’re failing to integrate it into the display.
It would be interesting to know how iPhone users feel about using face unlock instead of Touch ID. For most users who have been using the platform for years, it may be a bit of an adjustment.Source: Bloomberg